This is a region of contrasts: the Atlantic coast offers superb sandy beaches while the interior is mountainous strewn with granite stones and bordered by surprising rivers. On this area are located three of Portugal’s most important monuments classified as world Heritage sites by UNESCO – the Monastery of Alcobaça, The Convent of Christ and the Monastery of Batalha. Linked to key episodes in Portuguese history, these exquisite monuments combine various architectural styles.
Among other places of interest are Óbidos, a medieval town with its monuments, narrow winding streets and white-washed houses with windows and terraces full of flowers; Coimbra is one of the oldest university towns of Europe, and the birthplace of Portuguese kings. The region offers splendid thermal Spas where people gather to take the healing waters and Fátima, is one of the most important Marian centers of pilgrimage in the catholic world. The famous sanctuary of Fátima attracts thousands of pilgrims each year, especially on the 13th of May and the 13th of October, to celebrate the appearances of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children.